Are you starting to notice that your child’s teeth are coming in a bit crooked? Wondering whether their developing smiles might already benefit from orthodontic treatment. Children and teens of all ages have turned to our Naples, FL, dentist, Dr. JW Valentine, to receive braces. We offer a wide range of orthodontic options to meet your child’s needs—read on to learn more.
When is the right time to get braces for my child?
One question that we hear all of the time is, “When should my child get braces?” Of course, if you are bringing your child in twice a year (every six months) for routine cleanings, then our Naples, FL, family dentist will be able to monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile to determine whether braces are right for them.
Early orthodontic treatment can often provide the best results—however, in some cases, we may hold off on treating certain issues right away and just monitor the problem to see if it corrects itself. This is why it’s important that you bring your child in regularly for routine cleanings and professional dental care. It’s through these simple checkups that we can decide whether it’s the right time to get braces.
It’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us around the age of 7, when most of your child's permanent teeth have already come in. The average ages for getting braces is anywhere from 10 to 14 years old, for this is a stage when teeth most effectively respond to orthodontic treatment. Of course, braces aren’t just for children—teens and adults can also benefit from the treatment.
What kinds of braces are available?
In this day and age with all the advancements in modern dentistry, there are now more ways to straighten your teeth than ever before. Even more traditional methods have gotten a makeover; you’ll find that traditional metal braces are thinner, more lightweight, and less bulky, making them more comfortable to wear.
Children can also get tooth-colored brackets/wires which can blend into the smile for a subtler approach. Older teens may also benefit from Invisalign treatment, an option that uses clear, removable aligners instead of bonded brackets and wires.
Is your child dealing with crooked teeth? If so, then they could certainly benefit from orthodontic treatment. Call Eagle Creek Dentistry in Naples, FL, today at (239) 417-6453 to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Valentine.